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Richard White Appointed to Serve as Interim Dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business

04/11/2012 12:00 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU has announced that Richard White has been chosen to serve as interim dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business, effective June 8, pending approval by the Board of Supervisors. White is the college’s Marjory B. Ourso Professor and Associate Dean, a professor in the Public Administration Institute and a professor for the LSU Flores MBA Program.


The appointment of White as interim dean was made by Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost John Maxwell Hamilton after soliciting input from the college’s faculty and staff and discussing the applicants with an advisory committee.


“Professor White is a proven leader who has demonstrated his value to the E. J. Ourso College of Business since joining us in 1998,” Hamilton said. “His work as associate dean has prepared him with a broad view of the college and insures a seamless transition over the summer.”


White earned his Ph.D. in public administration from Pennsylvania State University, his MBA from Purdue University, and his bachelor’s degree in political science from Old Dominion College. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he is also the author of “Will Rogers: A Political Life,” which has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; “Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long”; and “Roosevelt the Reformer: Theodore Roosevelt as Civil Service Commissioner, 1889-1895.”


“The first order of business we have, following the conclusion of this semester, is to make the move and transition to the Business Education Complex as smooth as possible,” White said. “We open our new home to students this fall, and I am certainly looking forward to that.”


Additionally, White said that he believes outgoing Dean Eli Jones has given the college a vision that it can follow going forward.


“Working with Eli these past four years has been insightful,” White said. “We have a strong relationship with the members of our Dean’s Advisory Council, and I am ready to continue strengthening those relationships and our relationships with the business community. I am thankful for the support of the faculty and staff as we move forward through what I expect to be a very exciting time in the college’s history.”


Jones lauded White’s selection.


“Dick has been integral to some of our most important successes, and I have complete confidence in his ability to lead the E. J. Ourso College,” Jones said. “I will do everything to ensure that this transition is as seamless as possible.”  


The process of choosing a permanent successor for Jones will begin shortly, according to Hamilton.

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